“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
God alone knows the heart because He searches it. He searches it to reward a person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.
The Lord says that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” (Jeremiah 17:9)
What kind of heart is God looking for? Deuteronomy 10:16 says “God needs a circumcised heart”.
We must therefore open our hearts to God by removing all reservations, coverings, secrets and unbelief. Only when we circumcise our hearts, can we be obedient and walk in the ways of the Lord.
Our heart is designed in such a way that it can grow any type of seed either good or bad.
The Bible talks about the heart around 946 times…
When we look at David’s prayer in Psalm 51:10-12, he cries out to God to create in him a clean / pure heart, because he knows that without a pure heart he cannot please God or have a right relationship with Him.
So, what kind of a heart does God like? God likes a heart which:
- Serves Him – Deut 11:13
- Loves Him – Deuteronomy 30:6 , Matthew 22:37
- Keeps His Word – Deuteronomy 26:16
- Follows Him – 1 Kings 14:8
- Seeks Him – 2 Chronicles 15:12
- Praises Him – Psalm 86:12
- Trusts Him – Proverbs 3:5
- Believes Him – Romans 10:9,10
I believe God was saying: “I have found a man who cares about the things I care about, when I turn to the right he turns to right and when I turn to left he turns with me.
David sought the Lord with all His heart and God testified concerning him “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, he will do anything I want him to do.” (Acts 13:22)
What a wonderful testimony of God about David. David’s heart was right in the sight of the Lord, and David developed a heart which pleased God.
How is your heart today? Is it evil, mischievous, foolish, hard, deceitful, corrupted or proud?
“For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34)
Our mind is where our heart is… where is your heart today?
Jeremiah 17:10 says: “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”
There can be no such thing as becoming a new creation (born again) without the purification of heart. Seek the Lord with all your heart and He will be found by you.
This article was written by Michael Kola